Gold Coast­ers lead­ing en­quiries at Ma­hala project

Mer­maid Beach lux­ury apart­ment project Ma­hala is gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est from Gold Coast buy­ers who live nearby and want a new apart­ment with two car bays

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - AUC­TION - WORDS ALEISHA DAW­SON

A GROW­ING num­ber of Gold Coast­ers are rein­vest­ing in their own back­yard when it comes to down­siz­ing.

Col­liers In­ter­na­tional res­i­den­tial di­rec­tor An­drew Roubicek said lo­cals had led sales en­quiries for Pin­dan’s lux­ury Ma­hala apart­ment project at Mer­maid Beach.

“We re­ceived in ex­cess of 300 en­quiries in the first three weeks for Ma­hala’s 94 two, three and four bed­room large owner oc­cu­pier-style apart­ments, with in­ter­est pre­dom­i­nantly stem­ming from res­i­dents in sur­round­ing sub­urbs,” he said.

“Ma­hala re­ceived de­vel­op­ment ap­proval in late July and now that early works have com­menced, a lot of the in­ter­est has been from Gold Coast­ers who cur­rently live nearby and want a brand new apart­ment with two car bays in a sim­i­lar lo­ca­tion.

“Ma­hala’s po­si­tion over­look­ing Hedges Ave has strong ap­peal to pur­chasers — it gives them the op­por­tu­nity to live along­side the Gold Coast’s Mil­lion­aire’s Row.

Pin­dan’s di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment, Nick Allingame, said Ma­hala, cre­ated by Cot­tee Parker Ar­chi­tects, was a specif­i­cally tai­lored de­vel­op­ment for Mer­maid Beach.

“We thought about why peo­ple choose to live in Mer­maid Beach — what makes this area so spe­cial — and then we de­signed Ma­hala to match the sub­urb’s unique life­style of­fer­ing,” he said.

“We have in­cluded surf­board stor­age, bike stor­age and even an out­door shower area so res­i­dents can make the most of liv­ing within a short stroll of the surf and sand.

Apart­ments will fea­ture ocean views of the ocean and Gold Coast city sky­line, so Ma­hala’s beach­side lo­ca­tion has re­ally had a ma­jor in­flu­ence on its de­sign.

“Part of the de­sign process was imag­in­ing who would call Ma­hala home and how they would live in the build­ing. Mer­maid Beach has al­ways been re­garded as an ex­clu­sive res­i­den­tial en­clave as op­posed to a hol­i­day hotspot, so Ma­hala has been de­signed to cater to owner oc­cu­piers.

Most apart­ments will have two car bays and of­fer large liv­ing spa­ces, base­ment stor­age and bal­conies.

Res­i­dent fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an en­ter­tain­ment ter­race, pool, bar­be­cues, ca­bana, lounge and pri­vate din­ing room.

Ma­hala is at 15 Peer­less Ave, Mer­maid Beach. Prices have not yet been re­leased.

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